Rama, Vucic, Zaev meet today at Skopje’s Economy Forum

The Office of the Kosovo government has confirmed that PM Albin Kurti won’t be present at the Economy Forum of Skopje on Thursday, July 28th.

“Our stances on the idea coming from Novi Sad or the so-called ‘Mini-Schengen’ are now common knowledge. This initiative doesn’t get our approval,” replied the prime minister’s office.
 
Prime ministers Edi Rama, Zoran Zaev, and president Aleksandar Vucic are getting together this Thursday, in Skopje’s Economic Forum, to discuss the regional cooperation in the framework of the Balkan Schengen.
 
The agenda of meetings will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the opening speech of Macedonian PM, Zoran Zaev, which will last 30 minutes.
 
After, the Serbian president, Aleksandar Vucic will have his word for another 30 minutes, followed by the Albanian PM, Edi Rama.
 
The agenda will continue with the word of the economic panel, which is made up of the Presidents of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the three Balkan countries, where Albania will be represented by Ines Mucostepa, President of Albania’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
 
At the end of the discussions, the leaders are expected to sign a regional cooperation deal.
 
The entire event is going to last around 2 hours and at 12:30 p.m., there will be a joint press conference amongst PM Rama, PM Zaev, and President Vucic.
 
The British newspaper ‘Financial Times’ wrote that the free movement and leniencies in doing businesses that will come from the Balkan Schengen will be officially revealed this Thursday. They will include a gradual alleviation of travel restrictions, faster green lanes on the board crossings and an easier movement of goods, and more lenient work permits.
 
Serbian president, Aleksandar Vucic has published a photo from his meeting with Albanian PM, Edi Rama and the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev.
 
“This is a great step for the future. The political and human cooperation brings stability and many important things for the future of the region,” said Vucic.
 
The Serbian president also stated that this agreement will include a “green agenda” allowing countries of the Western Balkans to attract more investments and be able to create a joint market.